Cars

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Here’s the note I sent to one newspaper automotive section editor about the Porsche 911 Carrera 4. Dear Editor: Let me start by apologizing.  Your stern warnings to stop filing ‘gushy-gooey’ car reviews are still ringing in my ears.  Really.  As a “car person”, you know it takes dedicated nit […]

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2012 Buick Regal e-Assist

2012 Buick Regal e-Assist

In 2010 when General Motors first launched the then all-new Regal, Buick won accolades for producing a class-leading mid-size sedan.  When I tested the full-production model last year, I was totally impressed with Regal and unreservedly declared it one of the top ten cars I’d tested in 2011. If you […]

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L Premiere

2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L Premiere

The Volkswagen Beetle is totally redesigned for 2012, and its new styling is a major improvement over the first generation ‘New Beetle’ produced from 1997-2010.  The old model was welcomed with open arms as Volkswagen craftily tapped into the neural pleasure centres of baby boomers yearning to re-live the 1960s […]

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2012 Ford Transit Connect Taxi

2012 Ford Transit Connect Taxi

For 2012, Ford is offering a taxi cab version of it’s innovative, city-friendly Transit Connect commercial cargo truck with the suitable modifications that could make this vehicle the North American equivalent of the legendary London taxicab. The new Transit Connect Taxi has a small footprint, with similar length/width dimensions as […]

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An Inside Look at Volvo Safety Engineering – Interview with Safety Centre Chief, Hans Nyth

(From the Archives – originally published Aug., 2010.) When car buyers think ‘safety’, undoubtedly one of the first brands that springs to mind is Swedish manufacturer Volvo.  And for good reason.  Volvo has a long list of safety ‘firsts’ for a production company such as 3-point (lap and shoulder) seat […]

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Fuel Economy – Automotive Technology’s New Holy Grail

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to” is a complaint I often hear, and to that I joyously respond, hallelujah!    There’s no denying today’s automobiles lack the beautiful esthetics of the ‘50s and ‘60s.  While today’s cars lack the sheet metal artistry and mechanical simplicity of that period, there’s […]

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2012 Honda CRV Touring

2012 Honda CRV Touring

One of Honda’s best-sellers, the CRV, arrives totally redesigned for 2012.  Honda’s popular compact crossover SUV’s newest reincarnation is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, but there’s still plenty of good news for consumers.  The 2012 CRV boasts a lower base price ($25,990 for 2012 vs. $26,290 for 2011), more power (185 […]

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2012 Lexus ES350

2012 Lexus ES350

When news of the arrival of the 2012 Lexus ES350 sedan spread through my gang of car enthusiast pals and family, one of my sharp-witted friends quipped, “Sure can’t have too much of a boring car, can we?”  That comment may be a bit harsh, but the truth is all […]

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI – New Jetta a German love-fest for drivers

2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI – New Jetta a German love-fest for drivers

After the first corner that leads from my driveway, I gush, “I LOVE this car!”  Ingrid, my wife and the VIP I’m chauffeuring to the office, shoots back, “How can you say that?  You haven’t even driven this car for twenty seconds!” “I can tell, even after one corner . […]

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2011 Nissan Juke

2011 Nissan Juke

I like small, quick cars and am drawn to ‘funky’ designs like the charming new Fiat 500 and the stylish Mini, but I have to admit I’m not sure about the Juke.   Car designers have to gingerly walk a tightrope, carefully balancing between winning buyer approval or risk forever being […]

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